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CBT is a practical short-term therapy that helps you change your thoughts and behaviours


CBT at Harley Therapy

Last updated Sep 1, 2021 by Dr. Sheri Jacobson Dr. Sheri Jacobson

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in London

  •  Are your thoughts negative and upsetting?
  • Often regret your choices and wish you had behaved differently?
  • Prefer to focus on the present and not your past?
  • Like the idea of a structured, practical therapy based on scientific principles?

 CBT is the therapy for you.

What is CBT therapy?

Cognitive therapy works on the ways you think and give things meaning. Behavioural therapy looks at your choices and actions.  And cognitive behavioural therapy? It offers all of this together. 

CBT is a popular short-term psychotherapy that helps you change the ways you think and behave, so that you feel more positive and cope better with life's challenges.

Does cognitive behavioural therapy really work?

It’s one of the most evidence-based therapies available, which has made it the preferred form of therapy of the NHS for depression and anxiety disorders. 

 A research overview published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) using data from eleven different studies concluded that the cognitive behavioural approach is as effective as antidepressants for treating depression in adults. [1]

CBT treatment explained

The core idea behind cognitive behavioural therapy is that our thoughts and actions are creating our emotional states.

When we are faced with a difficult situation and have a negative thought, it creates negative feelings and body sensations. These in turn push us to act in a negative way, or make a bad choice. Which creates another negative thought. And on the cycle goes, until we are anxious or depressed. 

While it can be very hard to change our feelings and just 'snap out' of a low mood, it is quite possible to change our thinking and behaviours. Not only can this make us feel better, it can mean we are less likely to end up in that low mood in the first place. 

How is cognitive behavioural therapy different? 

Cognitive behavioural therapy can be different than more traditional talk therapies because it is:

present-based:  you will touch on your past to understand where your thoughts come from, not to find reasons for everything. 

short-term:  anywhere from five sessions to six months, depending on what issues you are working on.

structured:  CBT interventions are techniques you use again and again to retrain your brain. There are also homework exercises, and your therapist might use a workbook with you.

active: you won't be sitting on a couch in silence, thinking. Instead you will often be using pen and paper and working through exercises, or debating perspectives and finding proof for each one. 

practical: the idea is to equip you with a ‘coping toolkit’ of techniques you can then takeaway and apply to any problem. 

What issues can a CBT therapist help me with?

The National Insitute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) suggests CBT as a treatment for: 

And cognitive behavioural interventions can also be offered for:

  • adult ADHD
  • alcohol and drug abuse 
  • anger issues 
  • bipolar disorder
  • grief and bereavement 
  • health anxiety
  • eating disorders 
  • low self-esteem 
  • panic attacks 
  • phobias
  • physical health issues (arthritis, IBS, pain, chronic fatigue, tics)
  • psychosis 
  • relationship problems 
  • sleep problems 
  • social anxiety
  • stress. 

How many sessions would I need? 

Your first few sessions will involve an asessment, where your CBT therapist takes a brief life history and looks at how therapy might work for you. Together you will make a contract for a course of sessions, which can be anywhere from four weeks to six months, depending on the issues you want to work on. When your course is finished, you can always decide on another one, or come back for an occasional booster session. 

The benefits of CBT counselling

CBT helps you to: 

  •  hear your true thoughts and feelings 
  • turn negative thoughts to balanced, helpful ones
  • take action in life instead of feeling stuck in avoidance behaviours
  • end negative self-talk
  • stop behaving in ways that make you feel bad
  • improve your problem solving skills
  • widen your perspective and ability to see your options 
  • feel better about yourself, your relationships, and the world 
  • learn strategies you can use to manage your mental health for the rest of your life.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapists at Harley Therapy™ London

Here at Harley Therapy™ London we take the worries out of finding a therapist by hand selecting only highly qualified, experienced, and expert psychologists and psychotherapists who love what they do. All our CBT therapists are trained at top institutions, have years of experience, and are fully accredited with the BACP,   BPS, or UKCP.  

You can be confident that you will be matched with a therapist who fully understands what you are going through, and is happy to create a safe space for you to learn new ways of thinking and being. 

Do you provide CBT therapy near me?

With offices in City of London, Canary Wharf, London Bridge or in Harley Street, as well as therapists who can work with you online and in different languages, we are always here to help. 

Time to feel back in control of your life? Call us now or fill out our booking form to meet with one of our friendly therapists and try your first CBT session. Or get in touch for a friendly chat with any questions you might have about how a CBT therapist might work for you. 

Further reading on CBT


[1] Amick H R, Gartlehner G, Gaynes B N, Forneris C, Asher G N, Morgan L C et al. Comparative benefits and harms of second generation antidepressants and cognitive behavioral therapies in initial treatment of major depressive disorder: systematic review and meta-analysis BMJ 2015; 351 :h6019 doi:10.1136/bmj.h6019.


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CBT Can Help With:

  • adult ADHD
  • alcohol and drug abuse 
  • anger issues 
  • anxiety
  • bipolar disorder
  • body dysmorphic disorder
  • depression
  • grief and bereavement 
  • health anxiety
  • eating disorders 
  • low self-esteem
  • obsessive-compulsive disorder 
  • panic attacks 
  • phobias
  • physical health issues 
  • psychosis 
  • PTSD
  • relationship problems 
  • self-esteem
  • sexual problems
  • sleep problems 
  • social anxiety
  • stress
  • trauma
  • work/career. 

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